XL Video Supplies Camera Package for Fat Freddy’s Drop at Ally Pally

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When one of New Zealand’s finest bands, Fat Freddy’s Drop, confirmed their headlining show at London’s Alexandra Palace, they contacted XL Video to supply live video production for the sold-out one-off gig.

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The Alexandra Palace show, in support of the band’s third album ‘Blackbird’, rounds-off a successful year of UK shows, with a one-off at Village Underground in June, and a UK tour in October.

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XL was asked to provide an HD camera system and IMAG projection for the show. To ensure the enthusiastic audience had the best view from anywhere in the venue, XL supplied 3 x Sony HXC-100 cameras plus robocams, paired with 4 x Barco 12k projectors doubled stacked on to XL’s 16x12 ECT screens. The set-up was also used for opening DJ Mr Scruff.

Two of the cameras were situated in the pit, and used XL’s track and dolly system for the close-ups, with a further static HXC-100 at front of house for longer shots. Cameras were operated by Jane Petrie, Mattie Jobson, and Andy Joyes.

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In addition to the IMAG in the venue, Video Director Richard Ellis and Engineer Dhanuka Karunanayake made a fantastic record of the show for later promotional use by the band.

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XL Video’s Project Manager, Connie Glover comments: “When the band contacted us for video for their biggest UK show this year, we aimed to provide a compact and cost-effective system. The crew had only a one-day load-in, but ensured everything was in and working efficiently. The crowd all had a great view of the band, and we look forward to seeing the results of the record in the future.”

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